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晚清/民國 蘇學金 德化窯白釉麻姑獻壽瓷像
The Immortal Magu with a Deer

Artist:
Su Xuejin (1869–1919)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911) or Republic period (1911–1949)
Date:
late 19th–early 20th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain with clear glaze (Dehua ware, Fujian Province)
Dimensions:
H. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm); D. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anita M. Linzee Bequest, 1934
Accession Number:
34.13
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 210
The supernatural being Magu, holding the magical fungus of longevity in her hand, is attended by a mystical deer that balances a bowl of auspicious fruits and flowers in its antlers. The magical landscape to which these special creatures belong is here reduced to the small platform of geometric rock formations at the base of the figures. Sculptures such as this example were popular birthday gifts among the elite classes.
Signature: The square seal, boji yuren ("the vastly accomplished fisherman"), as used by the potter Su Xuejin (1869-1919), is stamped on the back of this figure.
Edith Rockefeller McCormick (until 1934; her sale at American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, New York, January 1–6, 1934, no. 519, to MMA)
New York. China Institute in America. "Blanc de Chine," September 19, 2002–December 8, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Secular and Sacred: Scholars, Deities, and Immortals in Chinese Art," September 10, 2005–January 8, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.

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